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Small WorksPoverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China$
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John A. Donaldson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449680

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449680.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Small Works

John A. Donaldson

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, namely to examine the relationship between economic growth and poverty reduction by analyzing two regional economies: the poor provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan in China. Both provinces are remote and mountainous, with many rural families subsisting on what they can produce from these harsh agricultural conditions. However, in the 1990s, the economy of Guizhou grew sluggishly while poverty declined, whereas the economy of Yunnan grew rapidly with few people emerging from poverty. The remainder of the chapter discusses the research methodology used in the present study along with a brief overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   economic growth, poverty reduction, China, economic policy, economic development, Guizhou province, Yunnan province

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